A Basic DBS system

After including a post on the Calhamer Point scoring system, perhaps I don’t need to worry about posting about a basic Draw-Based Scoring system, as there’s no more basic a DBS system than the Calhamer Point. However, I think the pure Calhamer Point system is too simplistic, no matter how it is used. It’s notContinue reading “A Basic DBS system”

Tribute Scoring system

If you want a different type of scoring system, the Tribute Scoring system is a good option. It was designed to score a League series of games, rather than a tournament, but there’s no reason why it couldn’t be used in a tournament. As a reminder, a League series is a series of games thatContinue reading “Tribute Scoring system”

DC(C) Scoring system

I’ve already discussed this system in this blog. It’s one of my systems for scoring Diplomacy games for tournaments. Here, then, I’m going to stick to a brief(-ish, you know me) discussion of the system in line with what I’ve discussed elsewhere. How does it work? It is basically a DBS system, although it shouldContinue reading “DC(C) Scoring system”

England’s Opening Moves: Splits Openings and the Western Opening

I’m putting the Splits openings and the Western Opening in the same post because, although some will disagree, there is really only one version of the Western Opening that makes any kind of sense (and that’s pushing it!) The Splits openings These openings are strange. I wouldn’t say I’d never use them but there isContinue reading “England’s Opening Moves: Splits Openings and the Western Opening”

Legendary Tactics – How to Win as England

This is a weekend of YouTube Diplomacy reviews, it seems. I dunno… maybe I’m being lazy. Who cares? I have previously looked at a Legendary Tactics video, starting with their ‘Beginner’s Guide’. Today, I’m going to look at a video from their 7 Nations Series. Interestingly, there are 9 videos on this series. This isContinue reading “Legendary Tactics – How to Win as England”

Diplomacy Academy – 2. Tempo

Chris Martin’s Diplomacy Academy is a great – if small – resource. I’ve looked at it before and thought, today, while I’m working on a book called “The ABC of Diplomacy” I’d write a post reviewing the second video in the series. I’ve got to be honest, the second video is hard to review withoutContinue reading “Diplomacy Academy – 2. Tempo”

Early Game Alliances: England/Germany

The “Anglo-Saxon” alliance is the name given to the alliance between England and Germany. Honestly, though, I prefer the simpler name of Saxon alliance, in the same way I prefer the Entente alliance to “Entente Cordiale” for the Anglo-French alliance. England’s POV As I mentioned in the first post in this series, England’s best chanceContinue reading “Early Game Alliances: England/Germany”

Harbingers of Betrayal

I first read this some time ago and wrote about it then. It’s such a good report that I thought I’d write about it again here. This is another example of Diplomacy being used as a tool to look into something that happens a lot in real life: betrayal. Dip is a great tool forContinue reading “Harbingers of Betrayal”

A Diplomacy DeepMind?

A long time ago, I made the mistake of buying Mindscape’s Diplomacy PC game. And, yes, it was a mistake! Now, if you’ve tried it, you probably know what I mean. From the point of view of a proper Dip game – you know, with communication – the “AI” in the game is, well, pathetic.Continue reading “A Diplomacy DeepMind?”

Whatever happened to my Backstabbr game?

Well, everything was going pretty well. I was getting a little paranoid. There was a point where I was convinced Italy was going to switch to working with Russia… or Turkey. But that’s Diplomacy for you. In the last turn I played I messed up and order. I’d ordered my fleet in Greece to BulgariaContinue reading “Whatever happened to my Backstabbr game?”